Let’s explore Marcus Garvey Park and Mt. Morris Park Historic District on November 3

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  • November 3, 2018
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Harlem Fire Watchtower by Julius Kroehl

Let’s explore Marcus Garvey Park and its vicinity on November 3rd

Marcus Garvey Park was once known as Mount Morris Park, but in 1970 it was changed to Marcus Garvey Park. Mr. Garvey was an African American publisher, journalist and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). This is small park of only 20.2 acres. This park exist due to the fact that the terrain was so rocky and a major obstacle for the extension of Fifth Avenue. In 1836 it was set aside for a park and it opened in 1840.
In 1855-57, the Harlem Fire Watchtower was built. Its purpose was to search for fires. This 47 foot cast iron tower is the only one remaining. It was designated as a landmark in 1967. There are a number of churches we will check out. We will walk “Doctor’s Row”.
We will tour Mt. Morris Park Historic District and learn the history of this area. We will see some beautiful brownstones and learn a little about some of its residents. This is an area that once had Germans and Jews.
Transportation: #2/3 train to 125th Street
Meeting Place: 125th Street & Lenox Avenue
Meeting Time: 1:30pm
Organizer fee: $5.00

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